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Advocacy resources and publications

Want to learn more about Habitat for Humanity’s policy and advocacy efforts?

The following resources and publications will give you an in-depth look at how Habitat’s global network changes laws and shapes policies to improve access to adequate and affordable housing for families in need of a place to call home.

U.S. National Advocacy Agenda

The National Advocacy Agenda promotes four key themes and example policy solutions that Habitat believes need to be addressed comprehensively — at the local, state and federal levels — to increase access to quality housing.

Habitat’s 2021-2022 U.S. Federal Policy Agenda

Our U.S. Federal Policy Agenda highlights key federal policy priorities from our Cost of Home campaign, federal resources and programs that are critical to Habitat’s ability to expand homeownership opportunities for low-income families nationwide, and our priorities for supporting housing security and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cost of Home campaign resources

Cost of Home campaign resources share information on the need for home affordability in the U.S. and the policy solutions the campaign is working towards to address it in communities across the nation.

Tools for global housing advocates

This document covers Habitat’s commitments and recommendations to governments and global institutions at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference to ensure that climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts help close the housing gap for the most vulnerable.

With this guide, housing practitioners and development experts alike will learn about the transformational impact of housing in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This can serve as a starting point for action, research and analysis for measuring housing impact through the SDGs’ monitoring framework of targets and indicators.

This progress report gives an overview of the global effort toward achieving SDG 11.1. More specifically, this reports highlights the regression of SDG 11.1 — one of five targets in regression prior to COVID-19.

The Global Policy and Advocacy Agenda, through its five key priority areas, provides a framework for Habitat for Humanity International’s global advocacy efforts to navigate an increasingly complex global environment, and reflects a collective ambition to achieve impact in the diverse contexts where Habitat for Humanity operates.

This guide contains steps, techniques and case supports to assist you in growing your affordable-housing advocacy efforts.

This policy brief reports on the impact of COVID-19 on housing and specifically how governments can protect the housing needs of vulnerable populations in developing country contexts.

The Sustainable Development Goal 11 policy brief highlights the functions and structures of SDG 11 and the work Habitat does to support it.

Solid Ground: Resources for land advocates

This report and its accompanying case studies document and analyze the advocacy efforts of the Solid Ground campaign to foster support for our continued work to improve land policy long beyond the close of the campaign.

The Solid Ground campaign issue briefs offer in-depth analysis on the four thematic areas addressed through the global advocacy campaign, including case studies highlighting our work around the world. 

Shelter reports

These policy-specific reports highlight shelter issues around the world and in the U.S.

Public statements

Read news updates from our policy experts regarding legislative and regulatory developments that allow us to help more families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

U.S. advocacy for housing

Did you know that in addition building houses, Habitat for Humanity is advocating to change systems and policies to ensure U.S. families have access to decent, affordable homes?

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Cost of Home campaign

1 in 7 families pay half or more of their income on housing. Take a stand with Habitat for Humanity as we advocate for policies to improve housing affordability.

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International advocacy for housing

Access to decent, affordable housing is essential to well-being, but billions of people lack an adequate home. Learn how Habitat for Humanity advocates for improved housing worldwide.

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Habitat for Humanity does more than build. We also advocate to change policies and systems to improve access to adequate affordable housing. Learn how and how you can get involved.

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